Saturday, August 24, 2019

Defending Against Hacking's Long Game: It Ain't Over Till It's Over

In the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 28-3. History was against the Patriots’ chances of rallying for a comeback win. No team had ever overcome such a large deficit — especially so late in the game — to capture the NFL championship. And yet, against the odds, the Patriots stormed back to earn an improbable victory and their fifth Lombardi Trophy. Their win was the embodiment of Yogi Berra’s famous saying, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” It also stands as an example for organizations fighting the good fight against hackers.

You see, hackers are persistent and patient. They know they’ll lose more often than they win, but the payoff when they do win — predicted to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021 — keeps them going. Unfortunately, we are too often blinded by short-term perspective when it comes to cyberdefense. We think that if a hacker succeeds in getting past our perimeter, we’re done for and we go into damage control mode. When we understand the way our opponent operates, however, we can shift our strategy to the long game because, as we’ve learned, there are numerous steps involved in a successful attack, and each gives us an opportunity to stop the hacker’s progress and win the game.

Read the full article at Forbes here

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